Photographs of Southwest Harbor then and now are the subject of the July exhibit at the Southwest Harbor Public Library. IMAGE COURTESY OF SWH LIBRARY

Photo exhibit shows Southwest Harbor then and now



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The July Show at the Southwest Harbor Public Library is a visual stroll down Main Street and Clark Point Road composed of photographs from the library’s collection and new images of the same places as they are today. The 100 photographs combine to tell part of the history of the town.

The first image is a birds-eye view of Clark Point circa 1896 paired with a similar aerial view taken for the library in May by photographer Rogier van Bakel of Eager Eye Photo in Somesville.

Each building or location in the show is illustrated by at least one historic photograph and the closest possible replica of the same location in 2015. The town has changed in 127 years. Duplicate images are not always possible, but photographer George Soules has made every effort to accomplish the impossible.

By photographing each location at the same time of day as the original and paying attention to every detail, he has managed to duplicate the roofline angles and, in at least one image, the same shadows cast by buildings on Main Street 100 years apart. His 40 new photographs paired with old ones from several eras have produced a new vision of Southwest Harbor.

Residents today and those who visit will see the town in a new way. Imagine how surprised the original owners of the buildings would be to see Southwest Harbor then and now.

The show is open to the public from Wednesday, July 1, to Friday, July 24. The library is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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